What the Blackhawks are getting in Mattias Janmark, Nikita Zadorov
What the Blackhawks Get in Janmark, Zadorov originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks have been very busy the past few weeks. They parted ways with franchise goalkeeper Corey Crawford and two-time Stanley Cup champions Olli Maatta and Brandon Saad and brought in defender Nikita Zadorov through trade and striker Mattias Janmark through the free agency.
The steps signal a clear youth movement in the organization, but also seem financially motivated. Crawford, Maatta and Saad had a combined cap hit of $ 16 million last season and the Blackhawks had to make money, with the cap on the salary cap remaining at least for the next season at $ 81.5 million.
25-year-old Zadorov signed his qualifying offer of $ 3.2 million for the 2020-21 season, while 27-year-old Janmark signed a one-year contract for $ 2.25 million. That's a combined cap hit of $ 5.45 million between the two.
But what are the Blackhawks getting in each of these players and where could they fit into the lineup?
Zadorov scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 64 games last season for the Colorado Avalanche but is not known for his offensive production. His game is based on being a defender and someone who is difficult to play against. After all, he's a 6-foot-5, 230-pound blue liner who averaged 17:46 Ice Age and led the Avalanche with 175 hits.
Zadorov said in a videoconference on Monday that he spoke with head coach Jeremy Colliton about his potential role on the team and how he might fit into the line-up.
"He wants me to play big minutes - that's what he said," said Zadorov. "He wants to take me to the next level of Shutdown D. Also, Puck Mover and I will play on the ice in all kinds of situations. So I'm really excited. He said he'll pretty much go there to do anything. " needs to develop the potential that I still have. "
With Janmark the Blackhawks get a bottom-six striker who can play center or wing and kill penalties. The 27-year-old Swede had 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 62 games last season for the Dallas Stars and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 26 postseason competitions.
Janmark said he had a conversation with Colliton and GM Stan Bowman and revealed "they made no promises" as far as he could play in the line-up but said "I like that".
"They see me as a good two-way player and they feel something they were missing last year," said Janmark. "As for my role, I just hope I'm in there and play well and deserve it. I hope I can play a lot and play offensive minutes but they said they needed help with the PK and I have I do it mostly in Dallas so I will definitely do it. But I hope to get my offensive game going and hopefully play in the line-up. "
Janmark said he believes he can still be an effective offensive player in the right situation, but admitted that over the years he has become more of a defensive specialist.
"I think I was a defensive player who took care of the defensive end first," said Janmark. "But I see myself as an offensive player and the last two years have really not shown it. But I really hope that I can get some confidence back in the offensive zone and get the game going a little more because that's how I want it to be." to play. ... Hopefully we can play with some good players who will help me offensively and I can also help them defensively. "
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